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Table of Contents
    From the past, for the future: the PALMM Digital Initiative
        Page 1
    Frequently asked questions
        Page 2
    Ref eXpress returning soon
        Page 3
    Gainesville African American community activities to be documented
        Page 4
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Volume 11, Issue 2 Fall 2000



A publication of the
George A. Smathers Libraries

From the Past, For the Future:

the PALMM Digital Initiative

Frequently Asked

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Gainesville African
Activities to be

century, source documents from the 19th
century concerning removal of the
Seminoles from Florida, personal
accounts of Florida life in the pioneer
eras, illustrated tourist brochures from
the early 20th century and many others.
A choice of linking to a JPEG version for
better online viewing or PDF for better
printing is given for each item.

Aware of the growing number of digital
projects in the Florida university system,
FCLA created a larger digital initiative
called PALMM (Publication of Archival,
Library and Museum Materials) for the
libraries of the State University System of
Florida. This program supports
individual and cooperative digital library
initiatives. Priscilla Caplan, Director of
Digital Resources at FCLA, supervises
the development and integration of the
SUS library digital projects.

As these works were being selected and
digitized, Stephanie Haas, UF's
environmental science librarian, was
developing an Institute for Museum and
Libraries Services (IMLS) grant to
explore the possibilities of linking
Florida museum specimens and
bibliographic literature using the Z39.50
communications protocol. Entitled

University libraries throughout Florida
are challenged to provide access to the
rare printed works in their collections.
Often these items are so fragile that
each time they are handled they
deteriorate significantly, so usage must
somehow be limited while continuing
to allow them to be consulted and
appreciated. By creating digital images
of these works and serving them over
the Internet, academic libraries offer
researchers, students, and the public
access to Florida's rich history and

In 1998, a group of librarians from UF,
FAU was charged by the SUS Library
Directors with formulating a
digitization plan that would showcase
the wealth of materials curated in
special collections throughout the
university system. This group, chaired
by Erich Kesse, Director of the Digital
Library Center, UF, created the
"Millennium Project." This project,
now known as the "Florida Heritage
Collection," consists of over 500 full
texts loaded on the servers of the
Florida Center for Library Automation
(FCLA). Sampling the database you
might encounter accounts from
explorers in Florida during the 16th

For the faculty of the
University of Florida

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Frequently Asked


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the growth of the print
collections upon which many
UF scholars continue to rely.

How can I help
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make this
useful to

You can help us shape this
newsletter to better address
your needs by responding to
the brief survey in this issue.

How can I prevent my
students from complaining
that the library doesn't have
enough books for them to
complete group assignments?

Please consult your subject
specialist (list at http://
html) to discuss the
availability of library resources to
support the assignment you've
planned. If your students will need to
rely on a limited number of books, we
can help locate the titles and place them
on Course Reserve. Course reserve
makes it possible for students to share
access by limiting circulation to periods
ranging from 2 hours to 7 days. We can
also recommend indexes and databases
appropriate to specific topics and
subject areas that your students can
search to locate article citations or, in
many cases, full text journal articles in
electronic form.
Jimmie Lundgren
Resource Services

PALMM Digital Initiative (Continued from page 1)

"Linking Florida's Natural
Heritage," the funded grant created
a gateway to Florida's biotic
information. Stephanie pulled
together curators, scientists, and
librarians from various state,
federal, and non-profit agencies
willing to open their databases as a
foundation for a gateway. While the
portal for searching databases
simultaneously (mixing apples and
oranges with books and worms),
represents a breakthrough in service,
another important component of the
grant enabled digitization of selected
Florida biological literature. This grant added an additional two
hundred digitized texts on Florida's ecosystems and species to
the FCLA server. Stephanie has now joined Erich as Assistant
Director of the DLC (newly relocated to the second floor of
Smathers Library).

New digital formats demanded innovative approaches to
cataloging. An SUS Task Force was created to work on
cataloging and access guidelines for electronic resources. Co-
chaired by Jim Michael, USF, and Jimmie Lundgren, UF, the
Task Force focused attention on descriptive cataloging, access,
and retrieval. Records created for these items go beyond
typical cataloging to include associations with a Florida
History Timeline, geospatial and taxonomic information, and
the Sunshine State Curriculum. Elaine Henjum and Mary Ann
O'Daniel, FCLA, worked behind the scenes to implement a
new catalog file of these records that are hot linked to full text.

Currently the Florida Heritage Collection (http://susdl.fcla.
edu/fh/) and Linking Florida's Natural Heritage (http://susdl.
fcla.edu/lfnh) are the principal components of the PALMM
Project. Among the coming additions to the PALMM Project
will be maps, historical children's literature, and newspaper

The PALMM projects offer a rich digital resource for research,
study, and education. Your thoughts and comments on these
projects are welcome!

Jimmie Lundgren, Resource Services
and Stephanie Haas, Digital Library Center


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Last spring from mid-March to the end of the semester,
the George A. Smathers Libraries piloted Ref eXpress, a
new interactive reference service. Using the Internet and
Moo-based software, Ref eXpress allowed users to log on
to the service from home or office, connect with a
librarian, ask a question and receive a response in real-
time. Although Ref eXpress was enthusiastically received
by staff and users alike, we felt that different software
would greatly enhance the service. During the summer,
we examined several software packages. We are pleased
to announce that we have selected some terrific new
software, NetAgent from eShare Communications, Inc. to
deliver the Ref eXpress service.

eShare Communications' software and services are being
used by major companies and institutions across the
country including 1-800 Flowers, Sprint, America Online,
UCLA and the University of Southern California. Our
software selection, NetAgent, provides features such as
"pushpage technology" allowing us to push a Web page
directly to a user's desktop and for the librarian to see the
same Web pages as users while working with them.
NetAgent also will enable librarians to create PowerPoint
slideshows to answer certain frequently asked questions
and provides an automated response feature for hours
when librarians are not available.

Our goal is for Ref eXpress to return to active service in
early 2001. Please look for additional announcements and
updates on the Libraries' homepage. We hope you'll try
Ref eXpress.
Ann Lindell, Mimi Pappas, Alice Primack,
Jana Ronan and Colleen Seale

Now is the opportune time
to donate to the Libraries.
You may use the online giving form at UFgiving.uff.ufl.edu

Books may be donated to the Gifts & Exchange Unit.
Call (352) 392-0355 or e-mail stecarr@mail.uflib.ufl.edu

The logon ID and password for
electronic access to the journal, Nature,
will expire on November 30, 2000 and
the UF Libraries will no longer be able
to provide this journal electronically.
The Nature Publishing Group will begin
charging for electronic access ($11,700)
and there will be a 12-issue delay for 28
different sections of the journal.

The Libraries will continue to provide
the print version of Nature and we
regret any problems you may
encounter. Please direct your comments
and questions about the license terms to
Nature Customer Support Center at:

Shop for

Holiday Gifts
at the
Smathers Library Bookstore
Located on the first floor
of Smathers Library
Open Mon-Thurs 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
392-0355 ext. 176

You'll find old UF yearbooks,
vinyl records, children's literature,
books of all kinds, and more!

Botanical reproduction print
holiday cards
from the Libraries on sale soon


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George A. Smathers
P.O. Box 117001
Gainesville, FL 32611-7001
Phone: (352) 392-0342
Fax: (352) 392-7251

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Gainesville African American Community

Activities to be Documented

The Department of Special and Area
Studies Collections of the Smathers
Library has retained Joel Buchanan to
work on a project that will document
the social, cultural, and civic activities
of the Gainesville African American
community during the period before
the Civil Rights Movement.

Mr. Buchanan, a former teacher and
well-known voice in the local African
American community, has extensive
knowledge of the history of the com-
munity and numerous area contacts.

Mr. Buchanan's mission is to lead the
effort to collect manuscripts and other

documentation from this period of
American history that has been
overlooked. The process has begun
with a collection of papers from the
Visionaires, a chartered organization of
black women in Gainesville. The
collection tracks the civic, cultural, and
social affairs of Gainesville's black
community beginning in the 1930's.

Mr. Buchanan is currently collecting
funeral records dating back 40 years
that will assist him in putting together
information on this period of history.
Photographs of this era will be
collected and exhibited.
Joyce Dewsbury,
Dept. of Special and Area Studies Collections

Most libraries will be closed Fri. Nov. 10 and Sat. Nov. 11
for Veterans Day and Homecoming.
Check the library schedule for Thanksgiving, final exams, and
intersession hours at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/hours.html


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